Formerly one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Medellin is now recognized as one of the most innovative metropolises in the world and is really a must for any visitor to Colombia looking to really understand the country’s remarkable progress in the last 2 decades. Both the summer Festival of Flowers and the Christmas lights festival (Alumbrado) are unique times to visit Medellin, but with its beautifully mild climate (average 72 F) there really is not a bad time to visit what’s known as the “City of Eternal Spring”.
Upon arrival (flight not included), you’ll meet your Almaz Journeys driver and English-speaking guide just outside baggage claim (holding a sign with your name on it).
En route to your hotel, you’ll have a stop in the small village of Santa Elena, in the mountains of Antioquia (over 6500 feet ASL). It is home to a great variety of traditional flower farmers. The flower arrangements of the annual Flower Festival, called silletas, have an impressive history, and are today a cultural symbol of Medellin. You’ll visit an organic flower farm, where you meet a traditional silletero and learn how the flower arrangements are made. While in Santa Elena, you’ll of course get to snap a few shots of the breathtaking views over the valley of Medellin before continuing on to Medellin to check in at your luxury boutique hotel.